THE SOLDIER

It is the soldier, not the reporter,

Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,

Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer

Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier,

Who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,

Whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

— Anonymous

Courtesy of Paul Tetreault

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